Breakup and burglary! Couple's chaos after £101m win on Euromillions

Dave and Angela Dawes from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire at a press conference at Down Hall Country House

Dave and Angela Dawes from Wisbech at a press conference at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath, Hertfordshire, after they won the UK's third biggest lottery prize - more than 101 million. - Credit: PA

On Friday October 7, 2011, Dave and Angela Dawes from Wisbech won the Euromillions jackpot, receiving a grand total of £101,203,600.70.

At the time, Dave Dawes, a shift supervisor for Premier Foods, was overjoyed: "We were watching TV and the EuroMillions draw show came on so we kept watching, not thinking we would win anything.

A sign outside Premier Foods in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire where Dave Dawes works. Dave along with his

A sign outside Premier Foods in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire where Dave Dawes worked. - Credit: PA

The current home (top floor flat on right) of Dave and Angela Dawes from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, wh

The previous home (top floor flat on right) of Dave and Angela Dawes from Wisbech. - Credit: PA

"We got our tickets out and watched in shock as, one by one, the numbers came up on the line I'd chosen.

"We couldn't believe it. It was too late to call Camelot so I kept the ticket on me all night until the morning but we didn't sleep a wink."

The WH Smith shop in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire where Dave and Angela Dawes who have won the UK's third

The WH Smith shop in Wisbech where Dave and Angela Dawes won the lottery prize. - Credit: PA

Angela Dawes, a former volunteer for the British Heart Foundation, was equally overwhelmed: "It doesn't feel real, even now - it just doesn't feel real."

The British Heart Foundation shop in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire where Angela Dawes is a volunteer. Ange

The British Heart Foundation shop in Wisbech where Angela Dawes was a volunteer. - Credit: PA

However, it hasn't all been plain sailing for the duo since the win.

So, what is life like after winning £101 million?

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Initial plans:

Initially, the pair had many dreams and hopes to fulfil.

Dave - a lifelong Chelsea fan who had worked as a steward at one time - set his sights on a property near the ground, where he could "have Frank Lampard come over for a cup of tea".

Chelsea fans Dave and Angela Dawes from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, celebrate at Down Hall Country Hous

Chelsea fans Dave and Angela Dawes celebrated at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath. - Credit: PA

Angela, meanwhile, had other plans: "Dave has already bought me an engagement ring but he will be buying me a better one now!

"My dad doesn't drive but he's already put a request in for a Rolls Royce just to polish it."

Reported breakup:

In November 2013, it was reported that the couple had separated following arguments over how to spend their winnings.

Dave moved to his £3.5 million penthouse in Chelsea, whilst Angela remained at the couple's mansion in Surrey.

Dave and Angela Dawes from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, celebrate at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Ha

At the time, Dave and Angela Dawes won the UK's third biggest lottery prize. - Credit: PA

A family source told reporters at the time: "What I have been told is that they went their separate ways.

"They have definitely broken up.

The engagement ring of Angela Dawes as Dave and Angela Dawes from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire hold a pre

The engagement ring of Angela Dawes as Dave and Angela Dawes. - Credit: PA

"'It is to do with the money, they have been rowing about how to spend it.

"Money is the route of all evil - too much money and not enough ways to spend it."

The pair later overcame their differences.

Court battles:

Despite the duo's relationship having improved, their relationship with Mr Dawes' son declined.

In 2017, a court ruled that Dave Dawes did not need to continuing paying money to his son Michael, 32 at the time.

Dave and Angela Dawes from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire prepare to leave Down Hall Country House Hotel in

Dave and Angela Dawes from Wisbech with an Air Harrods helicopter. - Credit: PA

The individual had been claiming that his father and stepmother must financially support him for the rest of their lives.

The judge ruled that Michael had been provided with enough funds to have a comfortable life.

Burglary:

In May 2020, the couple were bound with cable ties and struck by burglars, during a robbery of their mansion.

The duo's £4 million Grade II home, formerly owned by singer Tom Jones, was deprived of £20,000 in cash on the night.

Dave and Angela Dawes from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, during a press conference at Down Hall Country H

Robbers tied Mr and Mrs Dawes (pictured), 56 and 52 at the time, with cable ties and hit Mr Dawes. - Credit: PA

NOTE ALTERNATE CROP. Dave and Angela Dawes from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, kiss before a press confere

Dave and Angela Dawes kiss before a press conference at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath. - Credit: PA

Jewellery and a Range Rover were also taken from the property.

Three men were arrested following the theft, but the case was dropped due to a lack of evidence.

This month saw another massive Euromillions win for another couple in the UK.

Joe and Jess Thwaite, from Gloucester, scooped a record-breaking £184,262,899 with a Lucky Dip ticket in the draw on Tuesday May 10.

Joe Thwaite, 49, and Jess Thwaite, 46, from Gloucestershire celebrate after winning the record-break

Joe Thwaite, 49, and Jess Thwaite, 46, from Gloucestershire celebrate after winning the record-breaking EuroMillions jackpot of £184M from the draw on Tuesday 10 May, 2022. - Credit: PA

Joe Thwaite, 49, and Jess Thwaite, 46, from Gloucestershire celebrate after winning the record-break

Joe and Jess Thwaite celebrated at the Ellenborough Park Hotel, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. - Credit: PA

The couple told the PA news agency they planned to share the win with extended family, with even Mr Thwaite’s ex-wife being “over the moon” for them.

Mr Thwaite, a communications sales engineer, and Mrs Thwaite, who runs a hairdressing salon with her sister, have been married for 11 years and have two primary school-aged children. Mr Thwaite has two university-aged children from a previous marriage.

Joe Thwaite, 49, and Jess Thwaite, 46, from Gloucestershire celebrate after winning the record-break

The married couple have said they went straight on to Rightmove to look at £7 million houses after landing Britain’s biggest EuroMillions lottery jackpot of £184 million. - Credit: PA

Mr Thwaite said he had already handed his notice in at work, and despite not being “a great car person”, the 49-year-old told PA he wanted to upgrade his small Hyundai to his dream car – a Skoda Superb estate.

Asked how many bedrooms the couple had searched for with their dream home on the property website, 44-year-old Mrs Thwaite said: “It’s not the number of bedrooms, it was just the top amount you could spend.”